September 18, 1997 |
It looked like a scene from a rock concert, but when 1,100 people gathered at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center recently, they came to cheer not a hot band but a fashion dynasty. St. John, the Irvine-based fashion house best known for its knits, stages a runway show of its latest collections twice a year before a live audience. Thousands more customers see a videotape of the show that plays in St. John's 17 boutiques and the department stores that carry the line, such as Neiman Marcus.
December 4, 1997
It's been called Camp St. John by those in the know. Others have described it as a gathering of "those wacky women." Whatever the take, this is a Thanksgiving tradition that seems here to stay. It started 20 years ago when Marie Gray, the designer behind St. John, decided that the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect for selling dress samples at a discount to a dozen women who couldn't afford to pay retail price for her upscale knits.
January 8, 1993 |
When Hillary Rodham Clinton makes the rounds at the weeklong inaugural activities later this month, look for her dressed in a lavender, two-piece knit suit at one of the day events or a black dressy knit jacket for an evening gala. Marie Gray will undoubtedly keep an eye out. After all, the new First Lady will be wearing designs Gray created as co-owner and head designer of Irvine-based St. John Knits.
August 30, 2006 |
HERE come the St. John ladies. Strolling into the richly remodeled Fairmont hotel in Newport Beach, radiating an expensive gloss in perfectly matched ensembles, golden chains and glittery jewelry. Two hundred of them are filling a ballroom on an August Tuesday afternoon, to see a charity fashion show of the St. John Knits fall line and, especially, to see Marie Gray, the founding designer who stepped down a year ago. It is the kind of occasion that calls for pulling out your St. John best.
May 6, 2007 |
IT'S been two years since the palace coup, since faceless corporate executives seized control of the beloved St. John empire, drove out its royal family and attempted to drag it into the 21st century. But the patent-pump brigade wasn't having it. And after 18 stormy months at the Irvine-based fashion house, with a revolving door of senior execs and creative types, the queen is back at the helm: the grand dame herself, founder Marie Gray. And last month, St.
March 4, 1993 |
Super-model Kelly Gray, 26, had two things to celebrate at the opening on Tuesday night of the new St. John Boutique at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. "This beautiful store--our West Coast flagship--and my upcoming marriage," Gray told friends who attended the reception that christened the 3,500-square-foot shop. On April 17, Gray--daughter of St. John founders Marie and Bob Gray of Laguna Beach--will tie the knot with England-born musician Michael Blue, 27.